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Our Outdoors: A Moment of Calm

Coming over the rise and down the gravel road to the boat launch, the early morning sun reflected off the sprawling lake, which was only slightly dappled by a light and variable breeze. It was the...

 

NWTF Programs Succeeding in North Dakota

As spring turkey hunting season kicks off across North Dakota, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is looking through its Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt program to continue advancing its...

 

Early Season Trout Tips for Prairie Lakes

With the early spring and a fast ice out this season, fishing options are opening quickly, and trout angling provides a chance at bigger holdover fish from last year's stockings. Those trout that rema...

 

Our Outdoors: A Season You Don't Want to Miss

The past week has been my busiest in the outdoors, more than it has been for the last eight years. There’s been more to get done than just loading up for pheasant opener at the farm. The checklist...

 

The Big Question

The great underwater mystery - despite all science and biology can tell us about what fish see, smell, taste and sense in ways that humans can't – remains as to what sets them off and turns on...

 

The Eyes Have It

There's a curlytailed grub that's getting tougher and tougher to find, to the point where I have to order it directly from the manufacturer's site to ensure I have enough for the season. While it...

 

Our Outdoors: Don't Think Twice - Wear It!

As anglers, we proudly display our passions on our sleeves, quite literally. Sweatshirts emblazoned with Rapala, Vexilar, Huk and Humminbird logos are a standard issue amongst our ranks, as...

 

Our Outdoors: Big Fish Picture Tips

With this weekend's news of the N.D. state walleye record falling, and the conditions aligning for early angling opportunities, it is a picture-perfect time to catch some huge spring fish. If you...

 

Dickinson Angler Times It Right for 16.39-Pound Walleye, Pending State Record

For Jared Shypkoski of Dickinson, his spring walleye adventures were already off to a great start after catching a personal best 31-inch fish on a trip to the Columbia River two weeks ago. However,...

 

Our Outdoors: The Pulls of Two New Seasons

I questioned the wind and the chill blowing in the mist, rising off the wavy surface of the small powerplant lake, a place I frequent this time of year to cure cabin fever, prepare things for open...

 

Low Water Levels May Present Challenges to Spawning Fish, Some Egg Collection Efforts

With spring seemingly on fast forward and any precipitation or runoff on pause, concerns for a successful spawning effort are growing on many of North Dakota's lakes and rivers where the natural...

 

The Pike Snake

Pike in springtime mean fast action on the fly rod, and just about any pattern with some bulk, some flash and a little seductive wiggle will set off a reactionary strike which can jar any long rod...

 

Our Outdoors: It's all in the Name

When it comes to marketing, a good lure needs a good name. No angler is going to buy lures called The Skunk, Zippo, or The Blanker. Lures must have two essentials to catch the attention of anglers....

 

Dry North, Cold South May Impact Spring Waterfowl

Early spring-like conditions have many fans of the outdoors thinking about returning flocks of snow geese, Canada geese, mallards and other waterfowl flying into the area as a sure sign that the...

 

Ranum WPA to Provide Habitat for Wildlife, Options for Outdoorsmen

In the formative years of my upland experience, CRP was at its peak, grouse, partridge and pheasants were plentiful and there was an area of PLOTS, WPAs and WMAs just up the hill from my backdoor...

 

Our Outdoors: Staking out spring spaces

As a weather junkie, I know that any forecast over five days out is not to be trusted. As an angler though, especially the glass-half-full kind who relishes the thought of the season's first cast over...

 

Early Spring Walleye Tips

In the cold of early spring, it's not uncommon to see anglers patrolling those early openwater areas for the first active walleyes of the season. As they stage for their spawning run, these fish...

 

ND Clay Target League Hopes to Rebound with Expanded Offerings

Following a down year with the pandemic restricting a number of schools in North Dakota from participating in the state's high school clay target league, the North Dakota State High School Clay Target...

 

Our Outdoors: Giving Us Options

My grandmother and I shared a special connection with the outdoors. She was an avid birder, having seen more than 110 species just from her dining room window throughout her nine decades on the...

 

Inside the ammo shortage

What outdoor product has a higher hold rating than Bitcoin? What is getting pricier than a 1960s-era Mickey Mantle baseball card as collectors take stock of their youth-based memorabilia? What is...

 

Our Outdoors: First Follow

In mid-February my mind often wanders toward spring, and if allowed, into the warmth of summer and thoughts of fishing trips past under the heat of a shining sun. One of my most formative fishing...

 

Plan for Habitat Now

Despite the chill of winter settling in across the region, now is the time for making spring plans for habitat work. Whether it's a ranching, farming or conservation-focused operation, landowners...

 

Our Outdoors: Progress Toward a Mess

By this point in the ice season, what was once a well organized ice house is now a disaster. Okay, well, not a complete disaster, but definitely showing the signs of use to a point where it needs a...

 

Deer Herds Strong at Midseason

With warmer-than-average temperatures and little snow cover to impede their travel and foraging, North Dakota's deer herds are doing well, according to Jason Smith, Big Game Biologist with the North D...

 

Mild winter bodes well for most N.D. fisheries

To say this winter has been unusual would be an understatement. According to the University of Illinois’ Midwestern Regional Climate Center, this winter has tracked along the line of that season in...

 

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